CFT: new BSD-licensed sort available

Gabor Kovesdan gabor at
Wed Mar 14 15:59:29 UTC 2012

Hi Folks,

some time ago I started writing a BSDL sort variant from scratch since 
the OpenBSD version did not support multibyte locales and was hard to 
modify. The development was a bit stalled but recently, Oleg Moskalenko 
<oleg.moskalenko at> showed interest in continuing this version 
and he has made a very good job on this BSD sort variant. Now it is 
compatible with the base version of GNU sort but the performance in most 
cases (string sort and -n) is quite behind GNU sort (although with -g it 
is about *4 times* faster). Oleg is still working on optimizing the code 
and the long-term plan is to drop GNU sort once this variant is good 
enough to replace it. For now, it is only available in Ports Collection 
as textproc/bsdsort but if there is no objection or any serious bug 
report I plan to add it to base installed as bsdsort, being GNU sort 
still the default sort until it proves that we can safely drop GNU sort. 
If you are interested in this sort utility, could you please try the 
port and report us any issue that you experience?

Thanks in advance,

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